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13 criminal suspects join civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee PD

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Thirteen criminal suspects have joined a federal lawsuit which claims that Milwaukee Police violated their civil rights.

Five new plaintiffs – all men – are the latest to accuse police of illegally strip searching them, and digging into their body cavities to look for evidence.

One of the plaintiffs, Keon Canada, said he was pulled over five times in 2011. He said he was subjected to anal-cheek searches 4 times, and had the front of his pants opened another time – and no drugs were found in any of those searches.

Another plaintiff said he was stopped and searched three times in 24 hours during the summer of 2011.

Former Milwaukee Police officer Michael Vagnini was the main target of a criminal action against the reported strip searches. He pleaded no contest to 8 charges. Numerous sexual assault counts were dropped in a plea deal.

Vagnini was sentenced to 26 months in prison, and was let go by the Milwaukee Police Department.